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Harvest abundance – 30 September 2018

We give thanks today for the ‘harvest’ although, of course, we are blessed here in the UK being able to enjoy each day, throughout the year, the fruits of the global harvest.  Sadly, many across the world go hungry – yet we continue to have access to an abundance of food.  Such abundance reflects God’s bountiful provision – there is more than…

Believers’ Prayer – 16 September 2018

In Acts 4v23-31 Peter and John report back to the early church that they have been forbidden to speak about Jesus.  Immediately they all “raised their voices together in prayer to God” and asked the Lord for His power to speak His word with great boldness!  The threats and opposition of the religious authorities didn’t in any way deter or discourage them…

Secular suffering? – 9 September 2018

I’m reading Timothy Keller’s book “Walking with God through pain and suffering” and, although only part-way through, would really recommend you read it (– in fact anything by Keller is good!).  Gill and Marcelle have recently read it and both found it very helpful. Future bulletin articles may draw further from this book but in the opening chapters Keller examines how suffering…

Menu Formule v A La Carte – 2 September 2018

We have returned safely after a wonderful holiday in France, enjoying great weather, beautiful scenery and very good food.  Talking of food you may be aware that many French restaurants offer the choice of a Menu Formule or various options from an A La Carte menu.  The Menu Formule is a fixed price menu for either two or three courses, with limited…

Take care! – 5 August 2018

We often use the words above when saying goodbye to someone – we want them to keep safe, to drive carefully etc.  It’s interesting, however, how words can change their use or meaning over time – for instance the KJV translates Paul’s opening words in Philippians 4v6: “Be careful for nothing”.  Paul is actually talking about anxious care and worry, so the…

Biblical inferno – 29 July 2018

Were you struck by Wednesday’s headlines about the awful fires in Greece?  The flames were described as Biblical and apocalyptic – but why would newspaper editors immediately associate deadly fire with the Bible? In many ways such associations may seem to be appropriate.  The Bible contains several stories about fire – we may think, for example, of the burning bush (Exodus 3),…

Divine pleasure – 22 July 2018

I was particularly struck at our Wednesday evening homegroup by these words within our study passage, Numbers 14v1-25: “If the Lord is pleased with us, He will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us” (v8).  These were the words of Joshua and Caleb to the whole Israelite assembly when they pleaded…

The nation weeps – 15 July 2018

Maybe the above title is somewhat exaggerated, but many across the nation were very disappointed following Wednesday’s result.  Our homegroup enjoyed a pizza evening watching the match and then squeezing in a short study and prayer time after it was all over. Our passage on Wednesday was Numbers 14v1-25, with verse 1 being “That night all the people of the community raised…

Small things – 8 July 2018

I am writing this article on the morning of England’s World Cup quarter final match against Sweden.  Will football still be “coming home” this afternoon?!  One thing my father used to say about football is that the difference between winning and losing, between scoring a goal and hitting the post, is often only a matter of a few inches. We will be…